Diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor, Patricia Walsh became partially blind at age five and lost the rest of her sight at age 14 due to lingering complications from the surgery. As a teenager she struggled with depression and hopelessness. Today, Walsh is a world champion triathlete and award-winning engineer. She has raced in over 12 marathons and ultra-marathons. In 2011, she set the world record for blind Iron Man athletes, blowing away previous female and male records by over 50 minutes.
Walsh has a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, becoming one of the first blind engineers at Microsoft. She is the National champion for the Olympic sprint distance and secured Bronze for the United States in the Short Course World Championship in Beijing, China in 2011, as well as in Auckland, New Zealand. She also won Athlete of the Year for USAT in 2012. She is currently training for the 2016 Paralympics in triathlon. Walsh is a sought after keynote speaker on the topics of resilience, goal achievement, employee motivation, leadership, employee engagement, women in leadership, and more.